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Minecraft is finally coming to the Nintendo Wii U

Minecraft is already available on just about every platform around, from smartphones to PC to consoles, but there's always been one notable absence: Nintendo hardware. That's about to change, though, as Nintendo has announced that the sandbox game is on its way to the Wii U. The game will launch on December 17th for $29.99, and looks to be largely the same as other console versions of the game.

Minecraft Wii U

The one notable difference, however, is that Minecraft on Wii U will support off-TV play, so that you can play it on the Gamepad when your TV is otherwise occupied. The game will also be launching alongside a bevy of downloadable content, including skin packs based on everything from The Simpsons to Star Wars. Nintendo also says that it is working with developer Mojang to create "new content for Nintendo fans to be released at a future date." Expect to hear news on that soon.

With the exception of the spin-off Minecraft: Story Mode, this will be the first time Minecraft is available on Nintendo hardware. And moving forward, Minecraft will be launching on a number of new devices soon, as well, including the Oculus Rift and Microsoft's own Hololens.